Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm WEAR TESTING undies -

Please look the other way as I "re-adjust" my "lingerie." I use the term lingerie rather loosely as they are plain white, cotton panties and they are so UNCOMFORTABLE that I could scream.

It's a good thing that the one's I have to wear tommorrow won't make me nearly as miserable. Change them you say? Why suffer in uncomfortable undergarments? Well, I'm doing a "Wear Test" this month.

I've been sent 3 pair of undies that all appear to be the same (trust me, they're not). Each is marked with a different LETTER on the inside of the band (like what mom used to do when you went to camp). I have to rotate these daily, then wash them (thank goodness) and report back to the company what I like or dislike about how they fit, do they stand up to my washing machine habits, etc. At the end of the test I get paid $10 and I get to keep them. I'm trashing my pair of "K"s the MINUTE I get the chance ("J" & "L" are much better).

I have done about a half dozen of these tests. Sometimes I HATE ALL of what they send and sometimes I LOVE them all. Most of the time, they throw ONE in that I'm not so enamored with, just to fool me. But, I haven't bought panties (or bras, or pantihose) in a long, long time, thanks to these tests.

There are a LOT of companies out there who are looking for human guinea pigs to wear their products in order to learn how to make them more comfortable, user friendly and saleable. Sports Clothing (especially sneakers) have to do these tests for obvious reasons, however they usually ask for the sneakers back after you are finished testing them. Maybe they need to look over the treads themselves or something like that. I don't mind sending them back (they pay postage in both directions). I've had the chance to wear NEW, CUTTING edge technology running shoes for 6 months without paying for them.

If you'd like to test these products as well, you can sign up with these companies.

New Balance uses wear testers for all of their brands including NB, PF Flyer, Dunham, Aravon, Warrior and Brine. Sign up for these HERE.

Runners are always in demand for the Brooks Running Shoe Wear Test Program. If you're a runner, you can sign up HERE.

U30 has LOTS of opportunities for testers to wear all sorts of items. Men, women & children (with parents reporting I assume) may fill out the form HERE.

NIKE the leader in athletic wear wants testers to evaluate their products for fit, performance and durability. You can let them know that you're interested in participating in their program HERE.


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Anonymous said...

I found your blog through a follower of mine. Actually I am not quite sure how I got here, through the click on this and click on that but interesting. I went to Nike and they are no longer accepting testers. Just so you know. But sounds fun. Although I would not want to give back the shoes. :)

Zipporah said...

That's a issue with the shoes, they usually want them back. I'd keep the NIKE link just in case though, because every now and then they open up to new applicants.

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